Several dailies have picked up an article by the London newspaper ‘Sunday Times’, which says that Americans and the British have agreed that former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, charged with war crimes, could be transferred to Russia to serve his sentence there.
According to the paper Milosevic will be closer to his wife, Mirjana, his brother Borislav and his son Marko.
The news that Milosevic may be allowed preferential treatment in Russia – traditionally an Orthodox ally of Serbia – has angered the families of his regime’s many victims. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo have reacted against this decision, writes Koha Ditore.
The paper quotes Kosovo Government’s spokesperson, Daut Dauti, as opposing the decision of Milosevic serving his time in Russia.
‘The Government is against transferring of Milosevic to Russia, as it is known that this state is an ally of the accused and, while serving his time in Russia, he will have a different treatment from what Milosevic deserves’, says Dauti.
Zëri quotes Munira Subasic, from the Movement of Srebrenica’s and Zepa’s Mothers as saying that she and other war widows would be double victims if Milosevic was to be sent to Russia to serve his time.
Slobodan Milosevic is facing charges of 66 counts of crimes against humanity, violation of rules of war in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and of genocide in Bosnia.